Like many of its neighbours, Uganda has had a bumpy road since independence. While it currently describes itself as a democracy, there’s not much democratic about the current regime. Following six years of war, Yoweri Museveni came to power in 1986. While elections happen, the opposition and their supporters are routinely arrested, tortured and killed. Any attempts to challenge his authority are quashed by the military and police.
On the face of it, Bobi Wine would appear an unlikely person to try and oust a dictator from power. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was born in the slums of Kampala. Under his adopted stage name, the singer has maintained a successful music career since the start of the century, growing a large fanbase in the region. In 2017, he announced his candidacy for a by-election, winning by a landslide. Subsequently deciding to run for high office. Bobi Wine: The People’s President follows him on this journey.
Bobi Wine: The People’s President is a captivating portrait of abuse and corruption in the East African nation. With intimate access to Wine and his family, Moses Bwayo’s documentary affords the viewer a fascinating glimpse inside the politics of a country led by a pseudo-dictator. The unrelenting pressure placed on anyone who dares to run against him. Targeting his friends, family and supporters. Bobi Wine: The People’s President is an enlightening glimpse into a world of oppression and intimidation.
Bobi Wine: The People’s President screens at London Film Festival.